Conquering Carbon

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Source: Continuing Education Center

“As LL97’s carbon emission caps become more rigorous over time, it will serve as an exemplary case study,” agrees Yasemin Kologlu, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C, design director, SOM, New York. “It will offer us the opportunity to monitor the actual change in carbon emissions over the years, and learn from this to enhance new ways to improve building performance and related carbon emissions. And it could—and should—set a precedent for all cities to follow in the future.”

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Architects are in a position to play a leading role in these crucial environmental efforts. Offering some encouragement, Kologlu states, "As designers, we are trying to spread our optimism to influence positive change. Everything we do today, whether we are setting new policies or designing a new building, can still curb carbon emissions and prevent long-lasting, irreversible disruption to our planet."

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